Stenhouse Jr - Ford interview 2009-01-27

This Week in Ford Racing Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will be running a limited schedule this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, splitting the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion ride with Roush Fenway teammates Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Colin ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will be running a limited schedule this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, splitting the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion ride with Roush Fenway teammates Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Colin Braun. He spoke about the opportunity at the recently concluded Lowe's Motor Speedway media tour.

"We're running seven races as of now with Citifinancial and 3M. I'm really looking forward to it. It's gonna be a big season for me just moving up from ARCA to Nationwide. It's gonna be a big transition, but I'm looking forward to it."

CAN YOU DO ANY TESTING TO PREPARE? "It's kind of tough with a no-testing policy. We've been to Rockingham and things like that just trying to get seat time, but other than just getting seat time, I'm just gonna be going to the track and hanging out on the pit box and just learning as much as I can from guys like Matt and Greg and I think that will be a big help."

HAVE YOU GOT ANY ADVICE FROM YOUR ROUSH TEAMMATES? "A lot. I can go to them whenever I need to, so that's been a big help with our ARCA program last year. Carl came to a couple tests with us and they're there to help me anytime I need it."

HOW DIFFICULT HAS THE TRANSITION FROM SPRINT CARS TO STOCK CARS BEEN? "The transition from sprint cars or midgets to stock cars is not even close, but with your reaction time and car control of the sprint cars and midgets and Silver Crown cars, I think it really helps."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT GOING FROM ARCA TO NATIONWIDE? "It's gonna be difficult maybe not so much with the cars but with the caliber of other drivers and other teams in the series. That's gonna be tough, but we've got our No. 16 Citifinancial Ford Fusion and I think we'll be really good with Eddie Pardue. He's got a lot of leadership experience and I've got Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle to get knowledge from, so I think we'll be really good to start off. Our first one is Nashville and I'm really looking forward to it."

WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE? "We've got both Nashvilles, Kentucky, Memphis is gonna be a big one for me because I should have a lot of fans there, and then we've got Gateway and Milwaukee."

HAVE YOU TALKED TO MATT AND GREG ABOUT ADVICE? "We haven't really talked about the Nationwide stuff yet. They helped me with the ARCA program last year and this year I'm gonna be going to all the races I can to learn from them and listen on the radio and things like that, so I'll learn a lot at the track on my off weekends going with them to their races."

SO YOU'LL TRAVEL ALONG? "That's pretty much all I can do because of the testing ban, so I'm just gonna learn as much as I can that way."

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THE OFF-SEASON? "It's been kind of busy. I've been snowboarding for the first time, which is pretty fun. I've done some testing with our R&D car and that's been different but fun and keeping me busy. I had a good Christmas and a really good New Year's. We also went and raced in the Chili Bowl. There were 293 midgets and we ended up 14th. That wasn't the best and not what we were looking for, but we'll have to just go back and get them next year. I'm just looking forward to getting our season started."

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CAR TO DRIVE? "I'm definitely more focused on the stock cars and I just kind of do the midgets for fun. They're a lot of fun to drive and they put on some good races, so I'm kind of back and forth."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KEEP RACING BOTH? "I'd hope to. I haven't really got that figured out yet, but our main focus is just with the stock cars and Citifinancial and we've got 3M as well, so those are the main focus points for me so far this year."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Colin Braun